The Institute for Justice litigates to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans. IJ defends ordinary people who want to earn an honest living, own and enjoy their property, speak freely, and give their children a good education but find that the government is standing in their way.

We fight to hold government officials accountable when they violate constitutional rights and to prevent governments at all levels from bending the rules to expand their power or advance illegitimate ends.

IJ wins three out of four cases through outright courtroom victories or legislative change prompted by our lawsuits.

IJ clients like Elijah and Ashley Durham stand for their rights and the rights of others.

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Other Property Rights Abuses | Private Property

Seattle Housing Affordability

Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability law is making it unaffordable to build housing.

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

New Hampshire School Choice

New Hampshire families are poised to defend the state’s Education Freedom Accounts (EFA) from a legal challenge.

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Fines and Fees | Private Property

New Orleans Ankle Monitors

Judges must be impartial when deciding to deprive a person of his or her property. Unfortunately, one judge in New Orleans has been ordering individuals to wear an ankle monitor from a company in which…

Economic Liberty | Occupational Licensing

Utah Private Investigators

Jeremy Barnes is a former police officer who runs his own private investigator company in Idaho, near the Utah border. Utah has prevented Jeremy from earning an honest living because he lives three minutes across…

Other Property Rights Abuses | Private Property

Landowners sue to stop warrantless searches

Tennessee Wildlife officials were caught putting cameras on Terry Rainwaters’ property, ignoring his “No Trespassing” signs. Terry and another rural Tennessee property owner are joining forces with IJ to fight back against the “open fields…

Economic Liberty | Food Freedom

North Dakota Food Freedom

Five North Dakotans teamed up with IJ to sue the Department of Health for illegally passing regulations on selling homemade baked goods. Now, North Dakota is again one of the best states in the country…

Educational Choice | Publicly Funded Scholarships

Tennessee Parents Intervene in Court to Defend ESA Program

In 2019, Tennessee enacted an Education Savings Account that helped thousands of low-and-middle-income students receive a quality education. A year later, the mayor of Nashville announced a lawsuit attacking the program. A group of Tennessee…